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WWE News: SmackDown Live’s Weekly YouTube Report (6/12/18)

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As we all know, social media and other outlets have become a huge means of drawing in interaction and viewers for WWE. Most people will point to television ratings like they did during the Monday Night Wars in the late 1990’s, however that can be skewed with so many various means of watching today that do not include cable television.

As you’ve become accustomed to, here is this week’s SmackDown Live YouTube Report (2:30PM EST, 6/14/18):

  1. 10-Woman Tag Team Match – 921k views
  2. Rusev vs. Samoa Joe w/Special Referee The Miz – 798k views
  3. Jeff Hardy vs. Shinsuke Nakamura – 770k views
  4. Women’s MITB Match Summit – 732k views
  5. Daniel Bryan vs. Shelton Benjamin – 582k views
  6. Asuka & The Miz make demands to Paige – 462k views
  7. Jerry Lawler interviews WWE Champion AJ Styles – 174k views

For the second week in a row now, none of SmackDown Live’s YouTube clips reach the million mark, although they edged a little closer at the top. With this week’s RAW drawing huge numbers and having six of the its top seven reach at least one million, this has to be classified as a big disappointment.

Last week’s number one spot pulled 907k views, which was the MITB contract signing between Styles and Nakamura. This week, the blue brand’s main event featuring the entire Women’s Division in a 10-Woman Tag Team match claims the first spot with 921k views. Time and time again I’ve spoken on interest for MITB helping segments to a degree and while I think that’s the case here, as well as with the opening segment at number four, the fact that other matches in our top seven couldn’t beat this out is shocking to me.

Numbers two through five are the rest of the action we got on SmackDown Live, plus our opening segment, but certainly not in the order you would anticipate or what some people have tried conditioning me to believe. The blue brand’s top babyface, Daniel Bryan, falls all the way to number five this week and doesn’t come anywhere near his rough average of a million views. Is it the opponent? Is it lack of interest in the product in general? It definitely wasn’t because the match was less than stellar.

Number three is also what I’ve been told is a “heavy hitter” in Jeff Hardy, but what’s the story here then? It’s a first-time ever match between two bonafide Superstars, so all the ingredients are there. “Jeff Hardy has consistently drawn big numbers since his return”. That’s what I was told when I gave credit a few weeks back to Daniel Bryan for being the reason their match drew so well. So again, what happened here?

Lastly, another week brings more low numbers for WWE Champion, ‘The Phenomenal’ AJ Styles. ‘The House That AJ Styles Built’ has been without its architect (all due respect to Seth Rollins) in the ring for a number of weeks now, which has seemingly destroyed his YouTube views. For a man who is arguably the best wrestler in the world and one of the WWE’s most profitable Superstars, hopefully it’s sooner rather than later we get to see him back where he belongs on this list.

 

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ROH News: Death Before Dishonor Announced For Las Vegas

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Ring Of Honor announced the following today, revealing that the annual Death Before Dishonor pay-per-view will be heading to the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on Friday, September 28th:

The Best Wrestling on the Planet makes its debut at Orleans Arena in Las Vegas for two nights of the hard-hitting, fast-paced, in-your-face action only Ring of Honor can provide. The Death Before Dishonor pay-per-view takes place in the city known for bright lights and big fights on Friday, Sept. 28, and ROH returns to the venue the following night for an International Television Taping.

Tickets for the two events featuring all of the top ROH stars go on sale Wednesday, Aug. 1 at 10 a.m. local time for HonorClub members and Friday, Aug. 3 at 12 p.m. local time for the general public.

Death Before Dishonor has been an ROH staple since 2003 and has featured historic title changes and classic matches. This will be the third year in a row that Las Vegas has hosted the extravaganza.

Which ROH stars will have lady luck on their side in Sin City? And which of them will leave Las Vegas empty-handed? Join us for Death Before Dishonor weekend to find out!

Death Before Dishonor Pay-Per-View
Orleans Arena, Las Vegas
Friday, Sept. 28, 6 p.m. local time

ROH International Television Taping
Orleans Arena, Las Vegas
Saturday, Sept. 29, 6 p.m. local time

 

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Kenny Omega Says He May Work Better ‘Within Restrictions’

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Following the recent clash between New Japan Pro Wrestling’s The Elite and WWE’s The New Day at E3, as the trios waged war in ‘Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition’. While The Elite emerged victorious, the mix of stars from different wrestling promotions has led to loads of talk about IWGP Heavyweight Champion Kenny Omega and IWGP Tag Team Champions The Young Bucks possibly making their way to the WWE some day.

That talk also was fueled by recent remarks from WWE Executive Vice President of Talent, Live Events and Creative Triple H, who stated that anything could be possible when it comes to the company working with other promotions.

While promoting the upcoming New Japan Pro Wrestling G1 Special in San Francisco on July 7th, Kenny Omega addressed if he would ever be able to work for the WWE given the in-ring restrictions that come with signing a WWE contract:

“It’s funny there’s this idea where Kenny is only good because he can do what he wants and he gets time. Well, everyone else through those doors had had time and opportunity. Why didn’t they do anything special?

I actually work better within restrictions. When you leave everything wide open things tend to get a little convoluted. So when you give me those restrictions and I start to use my brain creatively to work around those that’s when things get interesting.

I mean no, you’re not going to get a seven-star match or six or five in a seven-minute segment but I always do the best I can to make that segment memorable and entertaining and I think that’s always the name of the game.

The thing is too it’s like, ‘hey if you ever go to WWE what are you gonna do if you only get five minutes?’ I mean sure you’d have nights like that but would I take a contract with WWE if I were not gonna be able to show the best of Kenny Omega? That would be a disservice to fans to professional wrestling, it would be a disservice to my own career all the hard work I put in.

I would for sure make sure that I was able to show the best of what I do and that requires a little bit of time. So yeah, things like that don’t really worry me I think I would be fine.”

Quotes c/o WrestlingInc

EA’s Take: Omega is way too smart when it comes to the wrestling business for him to respond in any other fashion. Just think about it. If he is interested in heading to WWE, is he going to come out and say, “No, that would never work for me”? Zero chance. You need to maximize your value and it would be egregiously asinine on his part to almost “close the door” in a sense when it comes to if he would be able to adjust. Do I think he will make the move? Now that’s a whole different can of worms, but I wouldn’t rule anything out.

 

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WWE News: Charlotte Flair Finally Undergoes Surgery For Ruptured Implant

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As has been previously noted, WWE SmackDown Live Superstar Charlotte Flair has been working with an “injury” (if you want to call it that) for quite some time now, dating back to before WrestleMania 34 in early-April.

‘The Queen’ has been putting off having a corrective surgery to repair a ruptured breast implant (which you can check out here), but (depending on who you ask) she didn’t want to miss WrestleMania or the WWE’s most recent European Tour. It was then revealed she would finally have the surgery following Money In The Bank this past Sunday (read about that here), which now looks to be the case.

After being absent from this week’s episode of SmackDown Live, The Wrestling Observer is reporting that the multi-time Women’s Champion went under-the-knife on Tuesday. The expected recovery time for such a procedure is roughly in the 6-8 week range, which we recently saw evidence of when Alexa Bliss took some time off to have a breast augmentation (you can find that story here).

The hope for Charlotte Flair is that she will be able to recover in time to work SummerSlam in Brooklyn, New York, which emanates from the Barclays Center on August 19th. It should be noted however, that this has not been confirmed and if for any reason there’s a setback, she could miss the event.

 

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